Geelani’s HOMECOMING


And it was during his speech to this crowd that there was another incident. People, according to Ayaz Akbar, traced a person who was carrying a weapon. They caught him and beat him. Akbar believes a man carrying a weapon can come to the rally only for targeting Geelani.

The man who was beaten by the mob was rescued by the police and taken to hospital. SP Sopore Imtiaz Hussain told PTI that it was not an attempt on Geelani’s life. The man identified as Kamlesh Kumar Mishra was actually a Naik rank official with the Military Intelligence (MI) and was covering the event for his organization. Police have registered a case against the persons who had attacked Kumar.

Again In SRINAGAR

A US congress delegation led by Mac Thornberry, Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence met Governor N NVohra at Raj Bhavan. The US delegation is on a week-long visit to India.

The delegation includes Devin Nunes, Congressman and Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), Political Counsellor, US Embassy, MsHerro Mustafa and two staff members of the HPSCI.

The governor and the visiting delegation discussed issues of “mutual security interest” during their meeting. The delegation later called on chief minister Omar Abdullah who briefed the congressmen about the rich pluralistic traditions, heritage, culture and history of Jammu and Kashmir.

He also threw light on the amity bonds between various communities in the state since centuries. He also apprised the visiting US team of the new initiatives taken by the State Government for the holistic development in the state and empowerment of people at the grassroots. Some members of the delegation called on minister Ghulam Hassan Mir as well.

Eid Is OVER

This Eid was very interesting, a grand mix of almost everything. Consumers might have spent a fortune but around Rs 100 crores cash was dispensed by the banks in four days ahead of the celebration. Apart from mutton, bakery, tomatoes, curd and poultry – the usual stuff that makes most of the purchase on such a festival, this time there were sacrificial animals on sale.

The animals included exotic animals like Afghan bred goats and camels. Animal husbandry department claimed selling 17 lakh poultry birds this Eid.The government did recognize the importance of the occasion and released a number of young men who were detained in recent days. Newspaper reports suggested 34 persons including 16 children were set free. Most of the releases were termed to be temporary.

Interestingly, however, there were clashes on Eid. These were momentary and mild in certain pockets of Srinagar and Sopore but there were large-scale disturbances in Islamabad when police prevented youth from taking out a procession. The police action was responded by stone pelting that led to injuries to more than 30 security men including senior police officials. There were a number of arrests soon after in Islamabad as well as in Srinagar.

These activities, however, did not impact the borders where rival armies from India and Pakistan exchanged sweets, dry fruits and greetings at five places on the LoC in Poonch district and International Border in Jammu sectors. Usually these ceremonial get-togethers were restricted to two spots – Chakan-Da-Bagh (Poonch) and Octroi Post (Suchetgarh), but the increase in such meetings was reflective of the fresh bonhomie between the two countries.

Twist In The TALE

The confession of a local mimic artist had added another twist to the death of NC worker Syed Muhammad Yousuf.  In a recorded statement before a magistrate in Pulwama, a mimicry artist Aizaz Malik, belonging to south Kashmir’s Islamabad district, accepted that he used to mimic Farooq Abdullah’s voice to facilitate bribes sought by Yousuf. Yousuf’s death in police custody on September 30 had stirred a political storm in the valley.

Malik said he used to get Rs 2000 each time SayeedYousuf made him to mimic Dr Abdullah’s voice over the phone. Police said the duo had been in regular contact and they got suspicious of Aizaz Malik’s activities after his proximity to Sayeed Yousuf was discovered by studying the cell phone records of Yousuf.

Another NC worker, Muhammad Yusuf Bhat who had complained to chief minister Omar Abdullah that Yousuf had taken Rs 85 lakh from him for getting him a ministerial berth, also claimed that Yousuf had called Abdullah in his presence and told Bhat to listen to the party patron’s voice. This made Bhat to believe that Yousuf had the political clout to get him a ministerial berth. Bhat has also recorded his statement under section 164 before a magistrate in Ganderbal district last week.

The family of Yousuf denied the claims made by Aijaz. “To nullify the claims of Salam Reshi, NC government has hired actor Aijaz who is reportedly all set to confess that it was actually he (Aijaz) who mimic Dr Abdullah at the instance of deceased,” said Yousuf’s son, Talib.

Yousuf’s family had alleged that it was a case of custodial killing, but the post mortem report and forensic tests later proved the NC worker had died of cardiac arrest.

Bhat was one among the three present at the residence of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on September 29 where Haji Yusuf was handed over to Crime Branch after he admitted to have taken a sum of one crore for providing them a ministerial berth or membership in the Legislative Council.

 A case of cheating (section 420) and criminal breach of trust (406) has been registered against Yousuf by the local crime branch. The State Government requested the Union Law Ministry to appoint a panel of three retired Supreme Court Judges to probe the incident after Chief Justice of State High Court refused to provide the services of a sitting HC Judge citing shortage of Judges.

Another twist in the tale is how chief minister Omar Abdullah knew that mimicry artist was involved. He had revealed the possibility many weeks ahead in a live interview?

‘The Collaborator’ SHORTLISTED

Mirza Waheed’s debut novel ‘The Collaborator’ has been shortlisted for the prestigious The Guardian First Book Award.  The Guardian reported “Kashmiri author Mirza Waheed’s shattering story of his homeland The Collaborator” has been shortlisted as one of the five contenders for the award. The long list of 10 for the prize, which goes to the best new author in any genre published in English over the last year, was whittled down to five books this year.

“Many of the readers were particularly sensitive to the challenges involved in telling a convincing story from a child’s perspective and it’s great that the two writers that have attempted this have made it on to the shortlist,” said one of the judges. The winner of the ?10,000 prize will be announced next month.

Leaked INTERROGATION
Last time when an alleged rape victim’s interrogation in a south Kashmir police station was posted by police on the youtube, it did not matter. This time when Jammu’s high ranking criminal Nago Singh’s interrogation in Gandhi Nagar police station was pasted initially on Facebook and later on Youtube, it triggered a crisis. A probe has been ordered and SSP Jammu is looking into the matter.

Nagar Singh alias Nago was a don who later become one of Jammu’s major businessmen. He was arrested after a long chase in the murder of Amandeep, a politician’s son committed by his son. A number of top officials including Jammu’s former SSP Manohar Singh, Inspector Sultan Mirza, former SHO Gandhi Nagar, Sub Inspector Satnam Singh, former Investigating Officer (IO) in the case, two FSL officials including DySP and a senior jail superintendent are behind bars for helping him twist laws to pave way for his family.

However, what is interesting is that during his interrogation Nago has given great insights into some of the newspaper leaders in the region. While one is neck-deep in Hawala transactions, another is a favourite for bookies. A third one is involved in land grabbing.

China’s Missiles Near LADAKH
The dragon is breathing down the neck where India is most vulnerable, reported a newspaper last week. It suggested Indian defence establishment has started counter-measures after coming across intelligence that China had set up at least two missile storage facilities just across the line of actual control (LAC) in that area.

It was during the implementation of the Daulat Beg Oldi airstrip, the report said when the army was shocked to know that a missile site existed at Xaidulla. The report suggested there were 13 tunnels at Xiadulla as another missile existed at QizilJilga, barely 40 km off the LAC.

Right now, Beijing is working on a new road linking Kashgar in the Uyghur region to the Khunjerab pass in the Karakoram to connect Gilgit-Baltistan and the Xinjiang region and bypass the landslide-prone highway to Pakistan.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here